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Substitute Worker - CARF

Job Details

Atlas House - Portland, OR
On Call, As Needed
Bachelor Degree Preferred
$20.50 - $23.00 Hourly
Nonprofit - Social Services

SCHEDULE: Substitute workers work on an as-needed, sporadic basis. Shifts are generally 7am-3pm, 3pm-11pm, and 11pm-7am, however the schedule may be adjusted according to the needs of the program. There is no guarantee of scheduled hours, but sub workers have the opportunity to pick up shifts in advance and with short notice. Because the program is staffed 24-hours per day, 365 days per year, substitute workers must have some flexibility in their availability and, generally, must be able to work overnight shifts, as well as weekends and holidays. An Overnight Shift Bonus of $75.00 will be provided to any employee that works an overnight shift that does not fall under their regular shift schedule.

WAGE/BENEFITS: $20.50 per hour (with potential +$2.00 for eligible overnight hours worked +$.50 for staff with Bachelor's Degree in: Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Mental Health, Human Development or a related field). Ineligible for benefits except as required by Oregon law. 

Applications for all positions may be forwarded to appropriate similar positions within Janus Youth Programs.

Positions may vary by location, pay structure, union, and supervisory staff.


Substitute workers are responsible for providing ongoing supervision and direct care for male adolescents at an intensive behavioral rehabilitation program. This position assists in the treatment of youth in the custody of the Department of Human Services through the provision of individual and group skills training, recording daily observations, targeting treatment goals, and by maintaining a structured living environment in accordance with program expectations. They supervise youth and ensure their safety, manage conflicts, calmly respond to crises, follow program structure, and implement interventions that are strengths-based and trauma-informed. Substitute workers fill in for regularly scheduled staff who are unavailable on an as-needed basis.

QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of education, experience and training that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position is qualifying.

  • Bachelor's degree in mental health, social work, juvenile justice, or related field or two years experience working with youth is preferred. (Note: No less than 50 percent of the Direct Care Staff shall have a Bachelor’s Degree or 2 years experience working with youth.)
  • Preference may be extended to current employees of Janus Youth Programs, Inc.​


  • Ability to work effectively within: culturally diverse populations; team dependent models; crisis management; strength-based theoretical orientation; adolescent development; and family reunification. 
  • Genuine concern for young people and the ability to treat all people with dignity and respect, and openness to learning and implementing a Positive Youth Development approach to youth work.
  • A commitment to on-going training and a willingness to receive and act upon feedback.
  • Ability to accurately read, record, and interpret information and complete written documentation that meets contract and program guidelines.
  • Ability to problem solve, exercise independent judgment within program guidelines, and respond to crisis situations.
  • Ability to exercise tact, discretion, and judgment in working with a variety of people.
  • Ability to effectively monitor safety and effectively de-escalate potentially chaotic or volatile situations.
  • Ability to remain calm and emotionally available in an environment that serves at-risk and troubled adolescents.
  • Ability to provide visual and auditory supervision of program and youth.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with a broad variety of people, including youth, families, staff, supervisors, and community partners.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team-dependent environment and to act on the agenda of the program.
  • Ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries working with youth and in handling confidential information.
  • Ability to climb and descend at least two flights of stairs.
  • Ability to escort and supervise clients in the community which may require standing and walking up to an hour at one time.
  • Ability to stay awake and alert throughout entire assigned shift and to perform routine dorm checks and facility walk-throughs.
  • Ability to effectively monitor safety and demonstrate group management skills and effectively de-escalate potentially chaotic or volatile situations.
  • Ability to regularly attend scheduled shift, be punctual for scheduled shift and meetings, and be in a condition suitable for assuming responsibilities of position.
  • Manual dexterity allowing performance of routine office tasks such as writing, phone use, filing, copying, and use of computer keyboard.
  • Manual/physical capability to bend, stoop, kneel, and reach, as well as occasionally lifting up to 20lbs (including overhead) in order to perform functions such as accepting donations or unpacking groceries.
  • Ability to perform and/or supervise routine household tasks such as cleaning, cooking, washing and folding laundry, emptying trash, sweeping/mopping, etc.


  • Driving is required. All employees who drive for work purposes must have and maintain a valid driver’s license for state of residency, have a driving record that permits coverage under the corporate auto liability policy, and complete the agency’s driving approval process before driving for work. If driving a personal vehicle for work purposes drivers must also have personal auto liability coverage ($100,000/$300,000 levels strongly recommended). Employees are not to drive for work purposes until they have received written authorization to do so.
  • Bloodborne Pathogens training is required on first day of employment and annually thereafter.
  • Must complete Mandatory Abuse Training within the first 30 days of employment and annually thereafter.
  • Provides emergency first-aid, as needed, and must have and maintain standard first-aid/CPR certification.
  • Must pass criminal history background check.
  • Food Handler's Certification.
  • Must obtain National Provider Identification Number through the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System.
  • Covid-19 full vaccination required.


  • May involve exposure to communicable diseases, including a variety of illnesses and infections such as the common cold, TB, Hepatitis, flu, meningitis, and HIV.
  • May involve exposure to upset, angry, severely traumatized or emotionally disturbed children, adolescents, adults, and families.
  • May involve time in excess of routine schedule and/or overtime, including evening/overnight, and/or weekend hours, and/or holidays.
  • May involve exposure to information that graphically describes physical, sexual and emotion abuse of children and may experience vicarious trauma.
  • May require working and providing services at locations other than program site (i.e., restaurant, café’, clients’ apartments, etc.,) and may, therefore, be exposed to environments not under agency control (i.e., second-hand smoke, varying hygiene practices, etc.).

This position description is intended to give the reader a general idea of the overall purpose and the main activities and responsibilities that are intrinsic to this position. While this description is intended to be representative, it is not intended to be limiting.

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